“European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier once again struck an optimistic tone as he said a deal on the U.K.’s orderly withdrawal from the bloc is possible within eight weeks. The pound gained.

Barnier told a conference on Monday in Bled, Slovenia, that it was ‘realistic and ‘possible’ to get an agreement by the start of November to allow time for the deal to be approved by the British and European parliaments. Still, he warned that several issues, including the contentious matter of the Irish border, need to be resolved.” (Bloomberg)